The Church of St. Nicholas Tourist Attraction

The Church of St. Nicholas

Native: Storkyrkan

The Church of St. Nicholas (or Storkyrkan) received the status of Cathedral not long ago. It is impossible to name the exact date of the its erection. However, in 1279 it was mentioned in the will of a certain Johan Karlsson, who wished to donate to the Church a certain amount of silver after his death. It is believed that St. Nicholas Church was erected with the Foundation of Stockholm.

The Church was repeatedly reconstructed, and the building looks eclectic: Baroque, Gothic, neo-Gothic. However, there are still a lot of old details dating back to the 7 centuries ago. Conceived as a Catholic Church, in 1527, it became a Lutheran one. After the final adjustment in the XVIII century, the Church got a slightly different look. In the beginning of XX century, the Cathedral was restored in the Gothic style, making it look like it was 500 years ago.

The Cathedral houses many masterpieces of painting and sculpture. The main one is a wooden image of St. George slaying the dragon. The sculpture was ordered by the king as a symbol of success in a military battle against the Danes in 1471 under Brunkeberg.

One of the attractions is the painting "False sun". This is a copy of the lost original, painted in the XVII century. The painting depicts the old city. There is another painting of Urbana "Stockholm miracle." It tells the story of a real astronomical event, which the Stockholm dwellers watched in 1535, when six rings, diverging in different directions around the sun, became visible. The altar in the Church of St. Nicholas is made of sterling silver and precious black wood. The statues of Jesus Christ and the saints are placed around in the silver pillars.

The Church of St. Nicholas played a leading role among the religious buildings of Stockholm. Up to 1873, the coronation of the Swedish kings took place here. And in 1976, the Swedish king was crowned here with his future wife. Perhaps, the Church had this role due to its proximity to the Royal Palace, which is located in the next district. Nobel laureates also deliver their speeches here. Every day the Church is visited by crowds of tourists from different countries.

You can visit the Church for free if are looking to take part in a service or to pray. 

Open hours

Daily 09:00 - 16:00;
I - VI: 9:00-17:00;
VI - VII: 9:00-16:00


Trångsund 1, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: (+46) 8 723 30 00
59° 19′ 33″ N, 18° 4′ 14″ E

Ticket price

Regular price: SEK 40
Reduced price: SEK 30
Children price: Free (0 - 18 years)

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